Though Marilyn Monroe never received an Oscar nomination for her films, she was well decorated by other organizations—especially the armed forces. Monroe was the pin-up girl of the Korean War, and even went over to entertain the troops. For her service, she was awarded these military honors:
Miss Cheesecake of the Year, 1951 from Stars and Stripes magazine
The Present All GI’s Would Like to Find in Their Christmas Stocking, 1951
The Girl Most Likely to Thaw Alaska from the Soldiers in the Aleutians
The Girl Most Wanted to Examine from the 7th Division Medical Corps
The Girl They Would Most Like to Intercept from the All Weather Fighter Squadron Three of San Diego
Cheesecake Queen of 1952 from Stars and Stripes magazine
Ironically, if it hadn’t been for the military, there might never have been a Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn (then Norma Jean Baker) was working at the Radioplane Munitions Factory during World War II when a group of press photographers came to the factory to do a photo shoot for Yank magazine. Army photographer David Conner took Norma Jean’s picture (seen above) and encouraged her to sign up with a modeling agency—which she did. The rest, as they say, is history.